The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI 90.1: Superstar Violinist Gil Shaham Plays Tchaikovsky

Jan 14, 2019

What a concert we have in store for you in this week's broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra!  The celebrated violinist Gil Shaham is soloist and brings you all the passion, energy, and virtuoso fireworks of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major.

Listen on January 20th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and on January 21st  at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

In this concert broadcast you'll also hear Guillaume Connesson's Maslenitza, a piece inspired by an Eastern Slavic pre-Lenten festival. Over the course of this Philadelphia Orchestra season, Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève will lead the Orchestra in a trilogy of works by his fellow Frenchman; this is the first.

It’s in three parts—the outer sections capturing a celebratory Russian carnival atmosphere, and the chorale-like middle section anticipating the solemnity of Lent.

After intermission, it’s a return to France, and that sensuous early example of musical Impressionism (or “symbolism, as Debussy would probably have preferred), Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, based on a Symbolist poem by Stéphane Mallarmé.

To conclude this concert, it's the Poem of Ecstasy, which Alexander Scriabin also referred to as his Fourth Symphony! Like Debussy’s Prelude, this work owes a fundamental debt to the French Symbolist poets, and was performed first in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century.

During intermission, WRTI’s Susan Lewis speaks with violinist Gil Shaham, and Bliss Michelson interviews Maestro Denéve.

Not to be missed, that’s Sunday, January 21st at 1 PM, on WRTI 90.1, streaming worldwide at and on the WRTI App. Repeated on Monday, January 21st at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.


Connesson: Maslenitza

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major

     Gil Shaham, violin


Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Scriabin: Poem of Ecstasy

The Philadelphia Orchestra

     Stéphane Denève, conductor

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts, every Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1, streaming online at, and on our mobile app! Listen again on Mondays at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2